A frustrated New York Sen. Chuck Schumer on Sunday called on "the country’s major gun retailers like Wal-Mart WMT +1.00% and Sports Authority" to voluntarily quit selling the sort of guns that Democrats like Mr. Schumer want to ban—at least until "Congress is able to fully consider and vote" on gun-control legislation. "If we continue to see nearly 80,000 gun sales in each month in states all over the country, it’s going to be counterproductive to whatever solution we are going to implement," moaned Mr. Schumer.
Asked about the surge in sales in his Monday press conference, Mr. Obama laid it at the feet of "those who oppose any common sense gun control or gun safety measures," saying they were effectively "ginning up fear" of bans. This comment seemed to be directed at the National Rifle Association, though, if so, it was misplaced. NRA President David Keene only this Sunday correctly predicted that any ban on "assault weapons" would not likely pass through this Congress. It isn’t the NRA whipping American into a gun-buying spree.
The only ones actively whipping up fear are, as it happens, Mr. Schumer and his allies.